Juan Ignacio Martínez

Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez (Spanish pronunciation: [xwaniɣˈnaθjo maɾˈtineθ xiˈmeneθ]; born 23 June 1964), is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left back, and the coach of Kuwaiti club Al-Arabi SC.

Juan Ignacio Martínez
Juan Ignacio Martínez en rueda de prensa (octubre de 2013).jpg
Martínez during a press conference in 2013
Personal information
Full name Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez
Date of birth (1964-06-23) 23 June 1964 (age 55)
Place of birth Rabasa, Spain
Playing position Left back
Youth career
Alicante
1982–1983 Elche
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 Ilicitano
1984–1985 Benicarló
1985–1986 Melilla
1986–1987 Alicante
1987–1988 Vall de Uxó
1988 Almansa
1988–1990 Torrevieja 21 (0)
Teams managed
1997 Alicante
1997–1998 Orihuela
1999–2001 Torrevieja
2002–2005 Mar Menor-San Javier
2005–2006 Cartagena
2006–2007 Alcoyano
2007–2008 Salamanca
2008–2009 Albacete
2009–2011 Cartagena
2011–2013 Levante
2013–2014 Valladolid
2014–2015 Almería
2017 Shanghai Shenxin
2018 Meixian Techand
2019– Al-Arabi
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Martínez was born in Rabasa, Alicante. After playing youth football for both Alicante CF and Elche CF he competed only at amateur level during his career, never in higher than the third division. He played for Elche CF Ilicitano, CD Benicarló, UD Melilla – due to his compulsory military service – Alicante, UD Vall de Uxó, UD Almansa and FC Torrevieja.

Martínez ended his career in 1990, at only 26.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

 
Martínez being presented by Levante.

Martínez began managing in 1997, his first stop being precisely Alicante. In the following years, he coached several teams in the lower leagues – also working in youth and women's football – his longest spell being three years with AD Mar Menor-San Javier in the fourth level, which he led to two consecutive playoff appearances albeit without any promotion.

In the 2005–06 season, Martínez led FC Cartagena to the first position in division three. He first reached the professionals in the 2007–08 campaign, coaching UD Salamanca to a final seventh place in the second tier.

After another season in the second division, with Albacete Balompié,[2] Martínez returned to Cartagena (recently returned to that level).[3] He led the Murcian club to the fifth position in his first year, and the 13th in his second.

Affectionately known as "JIM" (his full name's initials), Martínez was appointed at Levante UD on 9 June 2011, replacing Getafe CF-bound Luis García.[4] After two draws in the first two La Liga rounds he coached the team to seven consecutive wins, including a 1–0 home victory against Real Madrid.[5][6]

Martínez also led the Valencians to their first continental competition ever, by finishing sixth in 2011–12.[7] After ranking only 11th in the following season he opted to not renew his contract,[8] and signed a two-year deal with fellow league side Real Valladolid.[9]

On 24 May 2014, after the latter's relegation, Martínez was relieved of his duties.[10] On 11 December he was appointed at the helm of UD Almería, replacing fired Francisco;[11] on 5 April 2015, he was sacked by the Andalusians after a heavy 1–4 home loss to his previous club Levante.[12]

After one month as working as a personal assistant to Lorca FC's new Chinese owner Xu Genbao, Martínez moved abroad in November 2016 to manage Shanghai Shenxin F.C. on an annual salary of €600,000.[13] He left a year later, having finished seventh in China League One and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where they were beaten by Super League's Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC.[14] He remained in the country with Meizhou Meixian Techand F.C. of the same league, being dismissed in September with the team third from bottom after 24 games.[15]

In June 2019, Martínez was hired by Al-Arabi SC of the Kuwaiti Premier League.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Martínez's cousin, José Bordalás, was also a football coach.[17]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 9 May 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Alicante   1 January 1997 1 July 1997 21 2 4 15 20 53 −33 009.52 [18]
Orihuela   1 July 1997 30 June 1998 37 18 6 13 56 41 +15 048.65 [19]
Torrevieja   30 June 1999 1 July 2001 66 29 18 19 123 94 +29 043.94 [20]
Mar Menor-San Javier   1 July 2002 19 March 2005 113 72 29 12 270 101 +169 063.72 [21]
Cartagena   19 March 2005 30 June 2006 50 25 15 10 64 42 +22 050.00 [22]
Alcoyano   13 November 2006 30 June 2007 28 14 8 6 30 19 +11 050.00 [23]
Salamanca   30 June 2007 7 July 2008 43 13 18 12 53 46 +7 030.23 [24]
Albacete   7 July 2008 28 April 2009 35 10 11 14 37 47 −10 028.57 [25]
Cartagena   2 July 2009 9 June 2011 87 35 19 33 110 119 −9 040.23 [26]
Levante   9 June 2011 5 June 2013 98 38 20 40 126 132 −6 038.78 [27]
Valladolid   17 June 2013 21 May 2014 40 7 16 17 39 63 −24 017.50 [28]
Almería   13 December 2014 5 April 2015 17 5 4 8 15 25 −10 029.41 [29]
Shanghai Shenxin   26 November 2016 28 November 2017 37 13 12 12 65 52 +13 035.14
Meixian Techand   2 January 2018 Present 11 4 3 4 19 13 +6 036.36
Total 683 285 183 215 1,027 847 +180 041.73

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ De comercial a entrenador de moda en Primera División (From shopkeep to hip coach in Primera División); Te Interesa, 3 October 2011 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Juan Ignacio Martínez, presentado como nuevo entrenador (Juan Ignacio Martínez, presented as new manager); Marca, 7 July 2008 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Juan Ignacio Martínez: "El Cartagena debe ganarse el respeto a base de juego" (Juan Ignacio Martínez: "Cartagena must earn respect based on its game"); Marca, 2 July 2009 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ El Levante, en manos de Juan Ignacio Martínez (Levante, in the hands of Juan Ignacio Martínez); Marca, 9 June 2011 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Khedira off as Madrid lose; ESPN Soccernet, 18 September 2011
  6. ^ Minshull, Phil (28 October 2011). "Levante bring breath of fresh air to La Liga". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  7. ^ El Levante se mete en Europa por primera vez en 102 años de historia (Levante go to Europe for the first time in 102-year history); Sport You, 13 May 2012 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ JIM, fin de trayecto (JIM, end of the road); Marca, 5 June 2013 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Juan Ignacio Martínez, nuevo entrenador del Pucela (Juan Ignacio Martínez, new manager of Pucela); Real Valladolid, 17 June 2013 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ El Valladolid comunica que JIM no seguirá como entrenador (Valladolid announce that JIM will not remain as manager); Diario AS, 21 May 2014 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Juan Ignacio Martínez, nuevo entrenador del Almería hasta final de temporada (Juan Ignacio Martínez, new manager of Almería until the end of the season) Archived 13 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine; UD Almería, 11 December 2014 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ El Almería decide destituir a Juan Ignacio Martínez como entrenador del primer equipo (Almería decide to sack Juan Ignacio Martínez as first-team manager) Archived 7 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine; UD Almería, 5 April 2015 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ Moya, Francisco J. (26 November 2016). "Juan Ignacio Martínez deja el Lorca y ficha por un equipo chino de segunda división" [Juan Ignacio Martínez leaves Lorca and signs for a Chinese second division team] (in Spanish). La Verdad. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Juan Ignacio Martínez deja el banquillo del Shanghai Shenxin" [Juan Ignacio Martínez leaves the Shanghai Shenxin dugout] (in Spanish). Marca. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  15. ^ "Juan Ignacio Martínez, destituido en China" [Juan Ignacio Martínez, dismissed in China] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  16. ^ "Juan Ignacio Martínez, presentado con el Al Arabi de Kuwait" [Juan Ignacio Martínez, presented by Al Arabi of Kuwait] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 25 June 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Somos como hermanos, pero buscaremos ganar" ("We are like brothers, but we will play to win"); Diario AS, 25 March 2010 (in Spanish)
  18. ^ "Tercera División (Grupo 6) 1996–97" [Tercera División (Group 6) 1996–97] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Tercera División (Grupo 13) 1997–98" [Tercera División (Group 13) 1997–98] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  20. ^ "Regional Preferente Valenciana (Grupo 4) 1999–00" [Tercera División (Group 13) 1997–98] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
    "Regional Preferente Valenciana (Grupo 4) 2000–01" [Regional Preferente Valenciana (Grupo 4) 2000–01] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  21. ^ "Tercera División (Grupo 13) 2002–03" [Tercera División (Group 13) 2002–03] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
    "Fase de ascenso a Segunda División B 2002–03 (Grupo C2)" [Promotion phase to Segunda División B 2002–03 (Group C2)] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
    "Tercera División (Grupo 13) 2003–04" [Tercera División (Group 13) 2003–04] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
    "Fase de ascenso a Segunda División B 2003–04" [Promotion phase to Segunda División B 2003–04] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
    "Tercera División (Grupo 13) 2004–05" [Tercera División (Group 13) 2004–05] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  22. ^ "Juan Ignacio: Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez: Matches 2004–05". BDFutbol. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
    "Juan Ignacio: Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez: Matches 2005–06". BDFutbol. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  23. ^ "Juan Ignacio: Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez: Matches 2006–07". BDFutbol. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  24. ^ "Juan Ignacio: Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez: Matches 2007–08". BDFutbol. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  25. ^ "Juan Ignacio: Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez: Matches 2008–09". BDFutbol. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  26. ^ "Juan Ignacio: Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez: Matches 2009–10". BDFutbol. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
    "Juan Ignacio: Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez: Matches 2010–11". BDFutbol. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  27. ^ "Juan Ignacio: Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez: Matches 2011–12". BDFutbol. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
    "Juan Ignacio: Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez: Matches 2012–13". BDFutbol. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  28. ^ "Juan Ignacio: Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez: Matches 2013–14". BDFutbol. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  29. ^ "Juan Ignacio: Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez: Matches 2014–15". BDFutbol. Retrieved 24 September 2017.

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